Jul 22

Bolt and Ice Age 3

Bolt

A brilliant little movie about a dog (Bolt) who has always acted in a TV series and believes to have super powers with which he annhiliates the enemies who seek to harm his young owner. An accident causes Bolt to be suddenly thrust into the real world, where his powers dont work…

The Dog, the Cat and the Hampster

The Dog, the Cat and the Hampster

His quest to find his “person”, deal with the sudden normalcy of his life, learn what it is to be a dog (he gets lessons from a cat!) and travel all the way from New York to Hollywood meeting some really nice pigeons and a hampster who is a fan of his TV shows is what the movie is all about.

We saw it in 3D and had great fun… catch it at a theater which supports 3D

A very nice afternoon out… do see it!

Ice Age 3

Almost as good as Ice Age 1, definitely better than Ice Age 2

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Sloth becomes a “mother” to 3 very cute and naughty dinosaurs… mummy dino comes looking for them to take them back out of the Ice Age and “kidnaps” sloth along with the babies. Everyone else joins up to “rescue” sloth along with the help of a friendly and crazy, mainly crazy hermit who has this vendetta with a really BIG dinosaur (a tyranosaur) he lovingly calls “Rudie”… Oh and scrotch finds a girl friend who becomes competition for the acorn…

Superb in 3D, with outstanding music and laugh out loud moments coming at you every few minutes, i thoroughly enjoyed this movie… if possible go see it at a theater which supports 3D… another fantastic afternoon out with friends 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 20

The Truck

I had forgotten my Kriya tape in Bangalore city and decided to go and get it in the middle of the night hitchhiking from the Ashram…

I decided to hitchhike. Before anyone could say no to me, I just started walking down Kanakpura Road towards the city… It was a pleasant night. But I was quite tired, had a bit of a cold. Just a few minutes later, I heard the groan of a truck as it laboured up the slight incline. And stuck my hand out asking for a lift.

The truck stopped. I got in, mentally thanking Guruji, not knowing what awaited me…

Almost immediately, absolutely everything that I abhor and detest happened to me all at once!!

It was HOT in the cabin. Unnaturally hot. I couldn’t even keep my feet on the floor, coz the heat would seep in thru my shoes and almost burn my feet. There was an obscene, crude, bright pink coloured light that jarred my nerves if I opened my eyes. And there was raucous loud tamil disco music playing from the most horrible set of speakers i have ever heard, with the bass and treble turned way up, so that each scratch-on-the-blackboard-with-your-nails note dive bombed mercilessly into my ears. I am a gentle classically trained pianist. This was a veritable assault on all my senses. Torture of the third degree!

AAAAaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrggggghh!!!!!

And we were moving slow, the truck making a loud protesting, moaning, groaning noise all the time… I felt I could tolerate it if we would go faster, but the landscape didn’t seem to be moving much… I am pretty sure a glacier could have easily overtaken that truck!

I was going on in my head Accept situations as they are… Everything changes… Be in the present moment… opposite values are complementary… Nothing was working. I was just feeling absolutely oppressed.

What do you think happened next? I had really thought nothing more could possibly go wrong… but it did!

Use your imaginations… tell me what could have happened … remember a punctured tyre would have been a blessing 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps Next part on Thursday…

Jul 16

The Doubt

I had doubts. I had been doing Kriya for a few years, also teaching many, many courses quite successfully. However, I felt that there was no growth. That I had hit a plateau. The kind of transformation and change that had happened in life he first 2-3 years was now absent. I wanted Guruji to move me on, give me more, teach me something new… All this was running around in my head, and I was feeling quite fretful, though, I had not talked about it to anyone at all. Not even to Guruji Himself. My smile was still very much there, but there were times when it didn’t quite reach my eyes…

I was in Bangalore for a month or so and was teaching a course in the city, at our city office, Gyan Mandir. Guruji was there in Bangalore too and on one of the days of the course, there was a satsang in the evening with Guruji in the city. I wore the only really nice kurta I had at that time. A lovely deep red, almost maroon silk, with gold embroidery. Had a fantastic time at the course and later at the Satsang with Guruji. Returned pretty late at night 11:30 pm or so to the Ashram.

This was the time before we even had telephones in the Ashram. And the road to the Ashram was not really safe after 9:00 pm. There could be dacoits or wild elephants. There were no street lights at all. Rickshaw drivers would refuse to drive to Ashram after dark.

I suddenly realized that I didn’t have my Sudarshan Kriya tape. That precious, precious tape, given to me by Guruji Himself I had forgotten at the venue of the course.

I knew that no one would touch it. That it would be safely waiting for me sitting under Guruji’s photo. But, I had to be sure. There was no way I would be able to sleep without my tape safely with me. I decided to go back to the city right away.

Everyone who was there discouraged me. There were just 3 cars in the Ashram that time, and I thought I just needed a driver to drive me to the city. Then we could stay the night at Gyan Mandir and come back the next morning. The first car had a puncture, the next car didn’t have enough petrol, and no one knew who had the keys to the last car… There was no way of finding that out. Remember no telephones or intercoms or anything. I would have had to go and knock on every single room and ask every person inside if they had the car keys…

I decided to hitchhike. Before anyone could say no to me, I just started walking down Kanakpura Road towards the city… It was a pleasant night. But I was quite tired, had a bit of a cold. Just a few minutes later, I heard the groan of a truck as it laboured up the slight incline. And stuck my hand out asking for a lift.

The truck stopped. I got in, mentally thanking Guruji, not knowing what awaited me…

More on Monday… 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 12

Nothing to say :)

I know there have been no updates for some time now… and a lot of you come here expecting to read something and there is nothing (new)… I have been travelling and teaching alot in the past few days, and somehow have not had the time to write anything … Nothing is coming that i want to share with everyone right now …

A YES!+ adv course gets over today, and its my (sister’s) twins birthday today too, according to the Parsi calendar (in case you guys go back and see the post for that last year) … will post some photos of the party tonight 🙂

Maybe next week, i will have something interesting to put up … meanwhile have a great week.

Do your Sadhana, Seva and Satsang…Relax and enjoy

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 7

Guru Poornima 2009

All you need to remember is that you are being taken care of…

Be happy

Make others happy

Spread the Light of Knowledge

Have a Blessed time…

A very Happy Guru Poornima to everyone!!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Jun 30

Prama’s Tomato Sauce

A classy tomato based sauce from Prama bhabhi. Reeeeallly yummy!

Peel and remove the seeds of 1 kg of tomatoes (about 12 medium sized ones). Cut them up into medium sized chunks. Finely grate a 3 inch piece of ginger.

In a heavy bottomed vessel, melt 100 gms of butter, add a slit green chilly (optional) and add 4 teaspoons of grated jaggery and stir for a few minutes on low heat until the jaggery has more or less melted. If you have added the green chilly, remove and discard it after the jaggery has melted.

Add 3/4th the tomatoes and all the ginger to this. Cover with a lid and cook on high heat for 15 minutes or so. Now add the remaining tomatoes, reduce heat to simmer and cook for a further 20 minutes with the lid covered.

Thoroughly blend the tomatoes with a hand grinder, then cook the sauce for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. The sauce will have a beautiful rich red colour and a thickish consistency.

Finally stir in the juice of 1 big freshly squeezed lemon.

Today i added fresh baby asparagus spears along with baby carrots which were thinly sliced along with some finely chopped bak choy to the sauce. Let everything cook for 10ish minutes on a slow simmer until tender. Other times, I have added fresh paneer chunks to the sauce or barely stir fried broccoli and mushrooms. Also fried tofu. The sauce is very versatile and you can add whatever you fancy and it turns out great. Just remember to add whatever it is you want and then let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with hot rotis or toasted buttered multigrain bread.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps Who is Prama Bhabhi i hear you ask… click to read up about the Bhandaris

Jun 29

QnA – 25

Q. Hello Bhaiya, I am working in Cameroon west Africa in a import export company. I want to became an art of living teacher but I really care for my company where I have started working since 7 years. I am confused whether to leave this job & sometimes thinks about my family. which direction u can give me? Waiting to hear from u.

A. Become a teacher and continue to work in Cameroon. The great part of Art of Living is you can get over the tyranny of the “or” and enjoy the luxury of the “and”!! 🙂

Q. I’m regular reader of this Q&A page and I want to know if there is any means / process by practicing which we can develop forgiveness in our nature . I am not able to forgive anybody easily and thus every time I am roaming in past and could not remain happy long.

A. Assume that forgiveness is already part of your nature. All good qualities are already there within you in seed form. When you assume that you are a forgiving person, and put a bit of attention on that aspect of yourself, it will blossom and grow. Live into the reality that you are indeed the type of person you wish to become.

Q. I am student of engg. in NIT. I had friend in first year who later turned against me  and he always tries to make fun of me. I feel very awkward in this position. I do not want to abuse him or so and I also know he is not going to be friend again. Please help me out.

A. Don’t become a football of his opinions or actions. Understand that things change… and may change again and again. Don’t let these petty things or for that matter people affect you. You be strong with your Sadhana, Seva and Satsang… Just laugh and move on.

Q. I have two questions for you, please answer them – both of them regarding marriage.

-> How much importance would you attribute to the “inclination/intent” of bride and groom to marry each in a marriage to the other factors like parental pressure, finance, caste and age which at times influence the marriage more than the inclination of the bride and groom which gets sidelined?

A. If bride and groom are both not inclined, they should preferably not get married. Unless they are really sure about the choice of their parents 🙂 At the same time don’t be so foolish as to immediately discount the person your respective parents have chosen for you, simply because the parents have chosen 🙂

-> Should a girl or boy marry somebody just for the sake of their parent’s wish/force/love (or a promise) rather than their own and giving up their right to choose their life partner ? Or marriage should a bride marry a groom just because her parents want her to and she can’t disgrace them ?

A. No. Not at all. Choose your life partner well, even if it means not listening to your parents. Don’t confuse obedience to your parents with love and respect for your parents. You may at certain points in life, utterly disagree and disobey your parents while totally loving and respecting them! I have, quite a few times 🙂

Don’t bother about disgrace. All those relatives don’t have to get live with this person they wish you to get married to. You do. So go ahead make a choice and the patiently and skillfully convince your family that this choice is the best one!

Pray to Guruji for guidance, I would suggest you come to Ashram and seek Him blessings for your match. Then there is a very high probability that things will go well in the future 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jun 25

Ahem!

Got this mail from Suparna today…

Its 7:30 in the morning. I switch on my laptop, type out ‘bawandinesh.name‘ put on a kettle to boil, and go out to feed the cats. I return 5 mins later and am greeted thus:

mamma, what’s an orgasm?

me: huh?!

Urvi: Orgasm! orgasm! dont you know?

me: huh! baaahhh….where did you hear this?

Urvi: I read this! look…here!

Oh well! who was to know what darling bawa uncle was up to?!!! Now i know better than to leave the site unattended 🙂

that said, the dessert looks divine! am on my way to reduce 5 pounds so I can taste this without guilt 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jun 23

Oral Orgasm

Relax, it’s a recipe ok?! 🙂

This is a spin off on the Banoffee Pie recipe and also takes some time to prepare, so plan in advance. It gives serious competition to Banoffee pie as my favourite dessert, and it doesn’t have as much sugar as Banoffee pie does. And it doesn’t require the toffee, so you don’t need to boil the tin of condensed milk either. I made it for Virat’s Birthday.

You will need:

4 tablespoons of finely ground crystal sugar (we call it mishri, just whirl a few small pieces of mishri in a grinder)

1 small ripe pineapple diced

3 ripe apples washed and diced, don’t bother peeling

3-4 ripe Alphonso mangoes pulped, you will need a small bowl full

1 ripe Alphonso mango, thinly sliced for decoration

3 packets of any biscuit that you like, we used the honey oatmeal from Café Coffee day (something with ginger in it will be v nice too)

500 ml of whipping cream

About 3-5 tablespoons of melted butter

8-20 walnuts chopped coarsely

Crush the biscuits into a rough powder. Put the biscuit powder in a bowl and add the melted butter to it. Thoroughly stir in the butter.

Grease a baking tray with butter and add the biscuit powder and press in firmly. Put this in the fridge to chill for about 10-15 minutes at least.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and add the apple and pineapple pieces and cook on low flame for about 10-15 minutes until most of the moisture has evaporated, and the fruit mixture is tender. You may optionally add a tablespoon of powdered organic sugar to this as well if you wish. Let this cool for a bit. Remove the baking tray from the fridge and spread this (somewhat cooled) fruit mixture evenly on the biscuit base. Return the tray to the fridge for another 15 minutes.

If you have not yet pulped the mangoes, do it now. Also whip the cream till it forms soft peaks. Thoroughly stir in 3-5 tablespoons of the whipped cream into the mango pulp.

Bring out your tray from the fridge and carefully spread the mango cream onto the fruit layer. Return the tray to the fridge.

Continue whipping the remaining cream until it forms stiff peaks. Next, with a spatula, spread a thick, generous amount of the stiffly whipped cream onto the fruit and mango cream layers.  If possible, do this step in a cool place. The cream layer should be little over 1 inch thick. Smoothen out the cream layer with a spatula. Sprinkle finely chopped walnuts onto the cream, or decorate with thinly sliced mangoes. Chill in the fridge for at least another 20 minutes, preferably an hour, more is better.

Carefully spread the stiffly whipped cream onto the mango cream layer

Carefully spread the stiffly whipped cream onto the mango cream layer

While Serving, cut carefully into generous pieces, and eat with relish… You will definitely need to add a few more rounds of Suryanamaskars and some vigourous jogging to your schedule for the next week or so! 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
bawa

ps When mangoes are out of season, then use (preferably) unsweetened mango pulp for making the mango cream. Or you could replace the mango cream layer with a jam layer. Add a teaspoon of butter to a frying pan and melt. Add to this 10 tablespoons of jam. I use an entire bottle of St. Dalfours jam. After much experimenting, i have settled for either mango and pineapple jam, apricot jam, strawberry jam or raspberry  jam for this dessert. Cook the jam until it liquefies, you may need to add 1-4 tablespoons of water. Then add this liquid jam to the fruit mixture instead of the mango cream layer. It tastes phenomenal!

pps When rohit had his first bite of this scrumptious dessert, he closed his eyes reverentially, moaned and said this is like oral orgasm 🙂

7 minutes later...

7 minutes later...

9 minutes later, there was no cream left either 🙂

Jun 22

QnA – 24

Q. Jai Gurudev Dinesh bhaiya n Bawa
The students at ICFAI University, Dehradun and some other campuses of the aforesaid University are facing a lot of problems. The engineering and technology department of the University i.e. Icfai tech does not have an AICTE approval. At the time of admissions, the students were told that the University had UGC approval but the fact that Icfai tech did not have an AICTE approval was very well hidden. This means that the students will not get a valid degree at the time of completion of their course.
They are holding agitations, resorting to hunger strikes and met the Governor too in this context. But the University administration remains oblivious to all this.
What really bothers me is the fact that the University is still holding the entrance test, ATIT for the same during this year too. With current students holding agitations right in front of their faces they are not bothered about the future students.
What should be done?!

A. Do they teach well there? Are the students learning stuff? If they are, I wouldn’t bother if they get a piece of paper or not. And if the education they are getting there is useless, then it doesn’t matter anyways if they have that so-important piece of paper. My opinion of course 🙂 … I have hardly ever seen education actually educating people…
Having said that, you should write about this to various newspapers and TV channels and expose these people if they are doing something wrong.

Q. I’m a first year student of ISM Dhanbad and am bothered about the extensive use of slangs and abusive words in the routine communication of the college students. Students here (majority boys) have got used to this abusive language  to such an extent that slangs are now like hello and hi for them. Almost all of them belong to respectable families, are helping and good at heart and have good brains(they have cleared IIT-JEE), but the kind of language they use for communication is simply disgusting.

This language has become a part of the college tradition and is passed on from one year to other. First years are made to learn anthems, poems, idioms, etc.(all made up of ridiculous slangs). Its a worrying situation and i personally want to do something regarding this.

What can i do about this?

A. Dont bother so much about this. It is a kind of initiation rite of passage for many who can finally let loose what they want to say without fear of parental or societal recrimination. We all went thru it … in a while, once the novelty of it wears off, most people come back to normal language… Of course it will be terribly distressing for a person who meditates to hear all this, however you can choose to simply laugh at people’s silliness and move on instead of getting affected by it.
Bring many of them onto courses, where they realize the power that speech can be… then they stop using this type of language as punctuation quite quickly 🙂
It is just a blossoming of an immature intellect which has suddenly got some sort of freedom … as the intellect matures further, it realizes that this is really disgusting and quickly drops it … a romance in life will also put a very abrupt end to this, most girls will never stand for this kind of language.
So you chill and relax and focus on your studies and be regular with your Sadhana, Seva and Satsang and move on! 🙂

Q. I am abhishek, doing seva in ashram. I have the question on word “FAITH”. Because this is the time for me to value FAITH and COMMITMENT. FAITH in my master and commitment with my FAMILY. Both are  necessary for me to live. Mind is oscillating in between.

A. Guruji will never ever separate you from your commitment to your family. No need for mind oscillation at all. You can be with family and still have total faith in Guru. Or you can be at Ashram and still be utterly committed to your family. I am, so can you be.

Q. Jai Gurudev!! Bawa I am always fighting for having correct judgment. Like judgment in relationship, in work, deciding timings and all. How to improve the judgment. Bawa despite my lot of effort I am not moving further in my career and in relation also. I can make friend easily but maintaining them is very difficult for me. Sometimes get frustrated, because I feel that I am not able to hold people at work and in relationship also. What shall I do?

A. Seva Sadhana Satsang are your answers. Become regular with these and you will see that the rest of your life will fall into place. They will enhance your intuition, and you will instinctively know what to do. You also need to consciously reduce any aggresive tendencies you might have.

Q. JGD Bau, I just cannot bear it when someone speaks negatively about Guruji. It just makes me feel sick.  My father’s uncle did it, he did it so long ago, maybe 1.5 years or so … its still stuck in my head and I don’t understand how he can do this … when he is a very spiritual person … and quite intelligent … and he has even spent quite a lot of time with him … I don’t understand Bau … how is this possible? And how do I forget about it?

A. First you let go of the event. Know that what people say about Him doesn’t bother Guruji at all. So it shouldn’t bother you either.

People have a right to be ignorant. Tell him the things he said are his opinion, if you want to know more, or learn something, and change his opinions maybe Art of Living and Guruji can help. If not, India being a democracy, he can continue being ignorant ?

Q. Jai Gurudev. I have a problem. Two people who are close to me had a big issue between themselves. The guy misbehaved with the girl, the girl realized it he did it because he couldn’t control his emotions, but before both of them could sort it out the girl went and told one of her family members… The guy is greatly sorry about this… and admits his mistake but he being a guy as guys are, it has hurt his ego and has made situation much worse because she has gone and told her to her family… So he has cut all ties with her.
Both are suffering… The guy is not ready to talk about it… While the girl cannot forget it and is really depressed… I don’t know what to do….

A. Bring both of them on a course. You don’t get involved in this drama. In time, both will learn and move on. You do that too. Right now 🙂

Alternatively you could script a nice TV serial episode on the whole thing and sell it to Ekta Kapoor, if you are feeling very creative and adventurous, you could even do an entire movie or a book on it 🙂 Keep taking notes when the two are talking to you, you will get fabulous ideas for dialogue 🙂

Q. Dear sirs, I have done YES!+ course in Bangalore in the month of Jan 09. I loved the course.
I am doing regularly Sudarshan Kriya in my home but I have a problem in that. While doing the kriya, old bad memories come into my mind and disturb me a lot. And those memories will remain in my mind for a long time because of which I cannot concentrate on my work. Kindly advise me, I do not want to stop the Sudarshan kriya.

A. You are wise not to stop your Kriya or even want to. Please keep doing your Kriya. If these bad memories are coming, they are coming up so that they can go. Don’t resist, simply accept them and you will see that they fall away.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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